63 Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me; ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
64 Whatsoever ye ask the Father in my name it shall be given unto you, that is expedient for you;
The best way to do missionary work is to incorporate nonmembers and members that are not active at church into our normal family activities (fhe, meals, etc). Also we should all know our neighbors a block on either side of us.
“Can we fold our arms in peace and cry ‘all is peace in Zion,’ when, so far as we have the power of the priesthood resting upon us, we can see the condition of the world? Can we imagine that our garments will be clean without lifting our voice before our fellow men and warning them of the things that are at their doors? No, we cannot. There never was a set of men since God made the world under a stronger responsibility to warn this generation, to lift up our voices long and loud, day and night so far as we have the opportunity and declare the words of God unto this generation. We are required to do this. This is our calling. It is our duty. It is our business” (in Journal of Discourses, 21:122).
The lesson was base on President Uchtdof’s October 2012 General Conference talk, Of Regrets and Resolutions
This life is not easy, but it is worth it. The Lord doesn't tell us to pray and read our scriptures for nothing. It is essential to get the most out of this life.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:11
11 And the light which shineth, which giveth you light, is through him who enlighteneth your eyes, which is the same light that quickeneth your understandings;
The light that shineth and giveth you light is through him. What are you doing to let his light shineth through you? What are you doing that keeps his light from shining through you?
This same light also quickeneth your understanding.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:13
13 The light which is in all things, which giveth life to all things, which is the law by which all things are governed, even the power of God who sitteth upon his throne, who is in the bosom of eternity, who is in the midst of all things.
This same light giveth life to all thing and the law by which all things are governed.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:38
38 And unto every kingdom is given a law; and unto every law there are certain bounds also and conditions.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:69
69 Remember the great and last promise which I have made unto you; cast away your idle thoughts and your excess of laughter far from you.
- Our words will condemn us.
- Our works will condemn us.
- Our thoughts will condemn us.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:77
77 And I give unto you a commandment that you shall teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:118
118 And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith.
Not good books or better books, but the best books.
Doctrine and Covenants 88:119
Prepare a house of:
Doctrine and Covenants 88:121
- All your light speech
- All laughter associated with light speech
- All your lustful desires
- All your pride and light-mindedness
- All your wicked doings
- Be Idle
- Be unclean
- Find fault one with another. Retire to bed early that you are not weary and arise early that your minds and bodies are invigorated.
During trials and hard times, it is possible to have peace.
Do my choices match what matters most?
Doctrine and Covenants introduction, Section 1, and Our Heritage introduction
How do covenant disciples in the dispensation of the fulness of times faithfully live, administer, and receive the blessings of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ?
"The Doctrine and Covenants is a collection of divine revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the kingdom of God on the earth in the last days.” (Doctrine and Covenants:Introduction)
Unique things about the Doctrine and Covenants
-We have the original text. Some are published online at JosephSmithpapers.org
-If we want to know what the people in the dnc look like we have photographs.
-It is not a translation of an ancient document. It is of modern origin and was given of God through his chosen prophets. What would it have been like to have been the ancient people and have been reading the Old or New Testaments or the Book of Mormon.
The book is of great value due to the testimony that it gives of Christ.
The Lord wants us to prepare for his coming, for his wrath will fall upon the wicked. The word prepare is found 90 times in the Doctrine and Covenants. The Lord always gives us time to prepare. That time is ample, but finite. Will we use the time we have been given.
Give your kids time to prepare (“You have five more minutes then you have to clean up.” “We are leaving in fifteen minutes. You need to have your shoes on and so forth.”
Some of the purposes of the Doctrine and Covenants are:
-Bear testimony of Christ.
-Teach men wisdom.
-Help men to repent.
-Give men knowledge.
-Make men humble and strong.
Do we have flawed characters in church history? Of course. Do we have flawed characters sitting in the same room with us at church? Do we have character flaws within ourselves?
Why do we need to read the Doctrine and Covenants? The things contained in there are going to happen. "shall all be fulfilled" - Doctrine and Covenants 1:37
"we would do well to slow down a little, proceed at the optimum speed for our circumstances, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most. " (President Dieter F Uchtdorf, Of Things That Matter Most, General Conference 2010)
Testament is another word for covenant. So the parts of our scriptures could be referred to as the Old Covenant, the New Covenant, Another Covenant, and the Doctrine and Covenants.
We will be judged the same way we judge others.
Slow down and see what is needful.
Always be prepared. You never know when the Lord will call on you to...
We are given the tools (prayer scriptures, talents, people around us) we need, be ready to see them and use them.
Use what happens in your life to strengthen your testimony.
Pray for a plan and follow it.
Repentance is always available to us.
Pray always and not just when things are needed.
Listen to and do the counsels of the Lord.
If you have a spouse, you do not have to do it alone. Work on spiritual goals together.
What does the gospel mean to you?
You need your family. Don’t shut them out.
You will be shown the truth when your heart is ready. Pray and do and make it ready.